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Friday, 7 June 2013

PRISM story tops the day

The story shared by the Washington Post and the Guardian of how the US security services enjoy unhindered access to the internet activity of the customers of the world's largest internet corporations should surprise no one. If you weren't already aware that every single word you type on that keyboard is known to some security official somewhere you should be. US security officials have responded by calling the reports 'irresponsible' - not untrue, note - and claiming that the US's security has been damaged by disclosure that the government is snooping on everyone's email. 

It's not just the septics, of course. Our own MPs, both Tory and Labour, are pushing for even greater access to our private information under a new 'snooper's charter' but at the same time seeking to restrict radically our access to information on their own pay and expenses, and our ability (through Leveson) to share information on their badger-watching activities or to share photographs they have posted of themselves in their underwear or dressed in rubber or leather harness.

And at a time when we've lost not only Tom Sharpe but Oliver Bernard, the last and most human of the three brothers. I remember too fondly an afternoon session in the French back in the 90s with Dan Farson, Sandy Fawkes and both Bruce and Oliver - in reality the invective was poison - all of whom are now dead. I mention this only because they shared a common loathing and mistrust for anyone who presumed to know better than they what was good for them - including the presumptive and impertinent interference by the government in our private affairs. Still, the revelation that it is the US that is the world's first Police State fills me with hope; if there's a people anywhere in the world who will not stand for this, it's the Americans.  


Anonymous said...

You think ?

"If we didn't know better we would say this was 1955 Stalingrad, although Stalingrad at the height of totalitarianism was for amateurs"

And from 2012:

No revolution yet ?

Weekend Yachtsman said...

"if there's a people anywhere in the world who will not stand for this, it's the Americans."

You may be to optimistic.

Remember they've elected Obama twice, and are shortly to enjoy the cost of "free" healthcare.

They seem to be catching the Big State disease just like everyone else.

Anonymous said...

The Americans (and indeed the rest of the world) would do well to remember what Benjamin Franklin had to say on this matter.

"Those who are prepared to sacrifice essential liberties for temporary security, deserve neither liberty nor security"

Coney Island

G. Tingey said...

"Free state" care is a LOT cheaper than the corrupt corporate insurance (snark) non-system they have @ present.

At least they are not (yet) actually tapping the calls.
Good reason of course, the usual stasi one - you submerge in the data.
And the US is NOT the first police state in the world - yet.
Try living in Belarus, or Turkey even ....

Anonymous said...

Why should they tap them, the algos' monitor the traffic in real-time and pick-up on useful items....

Try googling: "NSA’s new Utah spy center"

That is the advantage of digital communications, so much easier to intercept than analogue.

Nick Drew said...

seeking to restrict radically

nothing like a nicely preserved infinitive !

as to your optimism on American resistance, I'm afraid I'm with WY: along with the individualism there is a very strong US tradition of My Country Right Or Wrong / Don't Spit On The Flag / No Dissent Wanted Here

letmein said...

Yes, I also think you're optimistic about American resistance. They pride themselves on "pragmatism" - as in expediency. They maintain self-respect by developing "class" - which is all about how many "things" they have (cupidity), and what their status is as "supervisors" - people who enforce the laws of pragmatism.

Even the Christians among them have to keep themselves afloat....

Anonymous said...

Actually, they are "tapping" the calls. At least they are being recorded for posterity, until needed.
The ones not being picked-out because the monitoring computers tag that particular call that is.
As for American resistance....I think you'll find the price of gas is of more interest than the NSA running a dedicated call-storage site in Utah.
Free state care isn't free, it's paid for by everyone. And at least you get treatment....unlike a lot of US citizens with chronic complaints whose health insurance has reached its ceiling.

Anonymous said...

"Needless to say, once political retribution for publicizing the nuances of the police state becomes a personal affair targeting the very journalists whose task is to provide much needed information, the first amendment is basically finished.

Alas, on the path to tyranny the loss of rights and privileges, let alone the occasional amendment written on a very old parchment and which nobody follows or cares about, is inevitable.

And it is up to the citizens of such a tyrannical government to reclaim their nation. Which they will...
******Just as soon as The Bachelorette/Big Brother (no pun intended)/X Factor is over and the next disability check clears******

zerohedge dot com/shoot-prism-gate-messenger

Joe Public said...

Everyone's emails and web-comments should include half a dozen of the sensitive words which trigger their interest. Effectively producing a DDoS.

Anthrax, PETN, Jihad, Sarin, Ricin, Bomb.

There you go, Raedwald, I've just delivered you a few more readers from the other side of the pond.

Anonymous said...

You could also install the add-on known as TrackMeNot, which sends streams of random searches through one, or all, of the search engines.

G. Tingey said...

No-one has noted, what a suprise - not....
That "PRISM" was started & authorised by the vile Shrub ... oops.

Anonymous said...

PRISM is so yesterday.
Today is "Boundless Informant"
And since a certain Mr Hague has said that GCHQ does not receive anything from PRISM......